Arkansas Tech Lined Up With 10 Men On Defense To Honor A Fallen Teammate And Proceeded To Score A Touchdown
Source- Arkansas Tech’s defense had only 10 players on the field on its first play against Southern Nazarene in honor of Zemaric Holt, a 21-year-old defensive lineman who drowned in July. Despite the intentional disadvantage, the Wonder Boys—great name, by the way—scored a touchdown.
Southern Nazarene ran a trick play that went horribly wrong, and Arkansas Tech’s Nick Akins recovered the fumble in the end zone, eight seconds into the game.
The Wonder Boys won in a rout, 62-14.
Awesome moment. What are the chances that you are going to intentionally put yourself at odds by starting the game down a man and instead of things going horribly wrong, you actually score a touchdown? Almost divine intervention. Well, either that or you're just playing a team from South Nazarene, which I assume is an institution for the illiterate that resides south of Nazareth, and they decide to run a play they are incapable of executing. I didn't know that Israeli cities had taken up college football, but that's neither here nor there. Regardless, the result is the same, and that result was a touchdown, as well as an incredible experience for a group of guys that had to mourn the premature death of their teammate just a couple of months prior. It's undoubtedly something the coaches and players won't forget, nor will the parents of the deceased, who I am sure we're also in attendance. Even though I am not religious, it really does seem like a higher power is at work during sporting events sometimes. As a Saints fan, that's what it felt like when they blocked the punt for a touchdown on the night they reopened the SuperDome following Hurricane Katrina. Whether it's college or professional, sometimes sports just seem too perfect not to be scripted. It's in those moments that a game, that most of us take wayyyyyy too seriously, can mean so much more than just a dash in the win or the loss column. Leave it to the Wonder Boys to perform a minor miracle that's worthy of putting a smile on all our faces. Rest in peace bud, that one was for you...